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Jun 9, 2023

Megawatt electrical motor designed by MIT engineers could help electrify aviation

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

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MIT aeroengineers are creating a 1-megawatt electrical motor that is a stepping stone toward electrifying commercial airliners. Pictured are some industrial concepts for hybrid-electric aircraft.

Jun 9, 2023

China’s BYD announces new Fang Cheng Bao brand of energy vehicles

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

BEIJING, June 9 (Reuters) — BYD announced on Friday a new brand of electric vehicles (EV) ranging from off-road to sports cars as the company looks to meet more diversified consumer demand.

The new brand is called Fang Cheng Bao, which translates from Chinese literally as “Formula” and “Leopard”. The Chinese EV giant is expected to launch the first model this year — an SUV identified for now internally as SF, BYD said in a statement.

BYD, with its Dynasty and Ocean series of pure electric and plug-in hybrid models mostly priced under 300,000 yuan ($42,140.16), has been out selling Volkswagen-branded cars in China since November.

Jun 9, 2023

Tesla’s AI Dreams May Already Be Priced Into Stock

Posted by in categories: policy, robotics/AI

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Jun 9, 2023

Powerful microscope captures motor proteins in unprecedented detail

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Almost as soon as there were super-resolution microscopes, scientists pointed them towards molecular motors called kinesins. These proteins, powered by the molecular fuel ATP, drive crucial processes including cell division, cell signalling and intracellular transport by shuttling cargo along protein highways called microtubules. Researchers have long wanted to understand how these motors work, but to visualize them, scientists have had to slow them down or isolate them in simplified, in vitro systems.

Now, in papers published concurrently in Science, two teams working independently have used a super-resolution tool called MINFLUX to study the motor in near-real time at physiologically relevant concentrations of ATP. The first paper, led by MINFLUX’s inventor, Stefan Hell, who has a joint appointment at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen and the MPI for Medical Research in Heidelberg, both in Germany, used a new instrument design to track the protein in 3D, revealing details about its motion1. The second, led by biophysicist Jonas Ries at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, showed for the first time that MINFLUX is capable of tracking kinesin even amid the bustle of living cells2.

“This technology requires a lot of different things to work, and it’s fun to see all of these things coming together,” says Michelle Digman, a biomedical engineer at the University of California, Irvine, who develops imaging strategies but was not involved in either study. “It seemed like a proof of concept to show that they’re able to track kinesin very precisely. And when you have the live cell system, that’s even more spectacular.”

Jun 9, 2023

Prompt Engineering is the New C++

Posted by in category: engineering

One might say that C was replaced by C++, which was later replaced by Python. Now we have prompt engineering to replace Python.

Jun 9, 2023

Reason is a powerful tool, but it pays to know its limits

Posted by in category: futurism

As a philosophy student, I was bewitched by the power of reason – but my life is freer since I escaped from its spell.

Jun 9, 2023

Futures Conference Sydney

Posted by in categories: business, futurism

The Futures Conference is coming to Sydney, Australia. Metaverse means Community. Technology is the pathway to the Future. The Arts meets Science meets Tech meets Business.

Jun 9, 2023

Foresight Institute

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI, space travel

Is a research organization and non-profit that supports the beneficial development of high-impact technologies. Since our founding in 1987 on a vision of guiding powerful technologies, we have continued to evolve into a many-armed organization that focuses on several fields of science and technology that are too ambitious for legacy institutions to support.

From molecular nanotechnology, to brain-computer interfaces, space exploration, cryptocommerce, and AI, Foresight gathers leading minds to advance research and accelerate progress toward flourishing futures.

Jun 9, 2023

China eavesdropping facility in Cuba, says report

Posted by in category: futurism

China has reached reportedly a secret deal with Cuba, under the deal China would be allowed to install an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island nation. This has surely become a matter for Washington.

Jun 9, 2023

Harvard lecturer: ‘No specific skill will get you ahead in the future’—but this ‘way of thinking’ will

Posted by in category: futurism

But as the typical mutual fund disclaimer so famously states, past performance is no guarantee of future results. It’s time to rethink our love affair with depth. The pendulum between depth and breadth has swung too far in favor of depth.

There’s an oft-quoted saying that “to a man with a hammer, everything looks like nails.” But what if that man had a hammer, a screwdriver, and a wrench? Might he or she look to see if the flat top had a narrow slit, suggesting the use of a screwdriver? Or perhaps consider the shape of the flat top. Circle? Hexagon? Could a wrench be a more effective tool? And finally, the mere addition of these tools can encourage a better understanding of a problem.

This is not to suggest that deep expertise is useless. Au contraire. Carrying a hammer is not a problem. It’s just that our world is changing so rapidly that those with more tools in their possession will better navigate the uncertainty. To make it in today’s world, it’s important to be agile and flexible.

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